Noel to Kentucky, Shabazz to UCLA

Nerlens Noel, top prospect as rated by ESPNU, announced Wednesday he will play at Kentucky next season. Signing the Everett, Massachusetts gives John Calipari the No. 1 recruiting class, the fourth consecutive for UK. Noel made the announcement in style, shaving “UK” into the back of his already amazing hi-top fade. He chose Kentucky over Georgetown and Syracuse.

No. 2 prospect Shabazz Muhammad committed to UCLA on the same show, making him the third Gatorade National Basketball Player of the Year to play under head coach Ben Howland at UCLA (the others being Kevin Love and Jrue Holiday). Howland expects Muhammad to play two years at most with the Bruins. His decision comes at the expense of Duke and Kentucky.

(Pictured above: Louisville and Southern Cal fans hear the top recruits are joining UK and UCLA, respectively.)

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